Jets won't bench Josh McCown for Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

Although Todd Bowles squad has struggled for most of the season, the team is still in contention for the postseason, and as a result, NY won't be sending Josh McCown to the bench. Josh McCown will remain the starter.

"I'm not coming up with a scenario right now (that would involve a change)", Bowles said, according to ESPN. "We're going to play the games and we're going to try to win each one ..."

Josh McCown reacts after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on November 2, 2017. He is now the Jets' No. 3 quarterback, behind Petty - the pecking order all season.

The Jets (4-6) have lost four of their last five games, which included a disappointing 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday. They have a bye week, followed by a challenging homestretch, starting with the Carolina Panthers (6-3) on November 26.

Bates' comments back up Todd Bowles' thoughts from Monday when he dismissed any discussion of removing McCown from the starting role with the Jets moving further away from playoff contention. So he understandably wants to play the quarterback who gives the Jets the best chance to win. So McCown hasn't really done anything, performance-wise, to lose his job.

Hackenberg, a 2016 second-round pick, has yet to play a snap in the regular season.

That said, McCown is 38 and clearly not the future for this team under center. McCown, who believes he's having his best season, didn't sound concerned about a possible change.

"My approach is that I give my all to the role that I'm in", McCown said of the buzz. I don't really pay attention to what outside kind of opinions are or that stuff. If that changes, then I will help as best I can in any way. But considering coming together with a new group and everything, I'm just really proud to be a part of it and feel really good about the things that we've been able to do.

Petty has been the No. 2 quarterback in every game except Week 1, when he still was recovering from a pre-season knee injury. Petty, a 2015 fourth-rounder, started four games a year ago. He finished the season with a 60.0 passer rating.

But could he envision a scenario during the final six games in which Petty or Hackenberg plays?

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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